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Lumberjacks McLeod & Murray Compete at Big Sky Championships Wednesday

Northern Arizona's Sara Murray and Helena McLeod
Northern Arizona's Sara Murray and Helena McLeod

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The 2017 Big Sky Outdoor Conference Championships officially kicked off Wednesday morning for the Northern Arizona University track and field team, with true freshmen Helena McLeod and Sara Murray taking part in the women's heptathlon.

In total, McLeod and Murray competed in four events Wednesday: the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m dash. At the end of day one, McLeod sits in 14th-place with 2,715 points after setting new personal bests in three of the four events.

Beginning the day on the track with the 100mH at 11:30 PST, McLeod raced her way to a 16.07 time—besting her old PR by 0.59 of a second. From there, she went onto record a 4-8.25 (1.43m) mark in the high jump before closing out the day with consecutive PR's in the shot put (36-8.50, 11.19m) and 200m (25.33).

Her teammate Murray ended the first day of multi action in 16th-place with 2,639 points. She, too, set a new career-best in the 200m, besting her old PR by 0.11 of a second with a 27.03 time. Her other marks included a 14.94 in the 100mH, a 4-09.50 (1.46m) in the high jump and a 31-05.75 (9.59m) in the shot put.

Both athletes will complete the heptathlon tomorrow, starting at 12 p.m. with the women's long jump. The javelin throw will go next followed by the 800m run.

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